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Wednesday, 1 December 2004
Page: 90


Senator BROWN (3:50 PM) —I, and also on behalf of Senator Ridgeway and Senator Carr, move:

That the Senate, alarmed by the death in custody of an Aboriginal citizen on Palm Island and the destruction of property consequent on his death, and the operations of riot police involving men, women and children on Palm Island and responding to the unacceptable status and life outcomes of Indigenous Australians on Palm Island and throughout the nation:

(a) expresses to the Palm Island community its deepest regret and concern; and

(b) calls on the Federal and Queensland Governments to intervene, using all available powers and persuasion, to end hostilities, investigate the events and put in place tangible measures to improve Indigenous affairs on Palm Island.

Question agreed to.